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Old 28.08.2010, 01:39
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Transfer B permit ausbildung to work (quota-based)

Hi all,

For the last 3.5 years, I have been working as a postdoc and hold a B permit which is for 'education' and not quota-based (Ausbildung mit erwerbstaetigkeit).

Now I'm taking a new (non-research) job which would require a quota-based work permit in another canton. Actually, to be precise, I will keep my postdoc position for 20% in Zurich and have the new job for 80% in Lausanne.

Contract for the new job is signed, for 1 Sept start date. The trouble is: the HR at the new job did not apply for my work permit yet until yesterday, a typical case of it's-august-so-we-are-on-holiday.

Now, HR and migration office are telling me contradictory info every 3 days. On monday afternoon: we have to delay your start date until your work permit is authorized (4-8 weeks). Then on wed morning: yes, you can start working on 1 sept, no need to wait for the permit. Then later: we have to first check your file and see what we can do. It keeps changing and changing.

Does anyone know or have had similar experience in the past? Can anyone start working already while waiting for the quota-based work permit authorization? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
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